KAURA to Release New Full-Length CD/DVD

KAURA to Release New Full-Length CD/DVD, ‘That Which Defines Us’, on September 20th, 2011

California natives KAURA (pronounced kay-aura) proudly release their anticipated debut full-length CD/DVD, That Which Defines Us, on September 20th, 2011. Produced by singer Malcolm Guess, the album is a testament of dedication, taking over two years to record with the assistance of rock luminaries such as Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down, Danzig), Ken Andrews (Failure, A Perfect Circle) and Michael Romanowski (Dredg).

Central to the album’s sound are instruments that the band collected on their travels to India, Thailand, Bali, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal, using them to realise their vision of infusing the aggressive power of hard, melodic rock with the haunting and ethereal sounds of ancient instruments.

We were really drawn to the sounds of these instruments because they are not traditionally heard in modern rock music,” explains guitarist Ben Rojas. Drummer Benjamin Jones adds, “We have always strived to create our own unique voice and incorporating these instruments helps us do that and create a really expansive depth of sound.”

Lyrically, the band also takes a unique approach.  “I tend to explore topics related to evolution, re-birth, social and personal consciousness as a way bringing awareness to issues of greater universal significance,” says vocalist Malcolm Guess.

KAURA have already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments, including invitations from Live Nation to open for national touring acts like Godsmack and Rob Zombie and garnering the praise of Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan, Entrance Band) who appeared on their self-titled EP and airplay on Los Angeles’s World Famous KROQ  and Bay Area radio stations such as Live 105 and The Bone.  A recent national tour, culminating in a fiery performance at SXSW, earned their song ‘Now or Never’ a spot in a national advertising campaign for Ford Motors.

The DVD portion of the set includes two music videos directed by drummer Benjamin Jones for the songs  ‘Ephemeral Fall’ and ‘Silence Speaks Louder’.  It also features an hour long ‘Making of the Album’, and footage of the band’s adventures collecting instruments during their travels.


Tracklisting for That Which Defines Us :

1. Inovocation

2. Sera Phi

3. One Becomes Two

4. Ephemeral Fall

5. Solace

6. Silence Speaks Louder

7. Apathy

8. Alarmico Saturn

9. 2C&B

10. If This Were to End

11. Tether’s End

12. A Lament for Change


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